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The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has approved the purchase of 10 additional Konecranes Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) Cranes for the Garden City Terminal.
The new additions to the port of Savannah’s terminal will bring the fleet size up to 156.
The Port of Savannah had a record April in which 356,700 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEU) were moved, an increase of 7.1% over April of the previous year.
GPA Executive Director, Griff Lynch, commented: “We’re on track to move more than 300,000 TEUs in every month of the fiscal year, which will be a first for the Authority.
“We’re also anticipating this to be the first fiscal year for the Port of Savannah to handle more than 4 million TEUs.”
The new cranes are capable of running on electricity with cable-reel readiness, and feature a lifting capacity of 50 metric tons.
The RTGs, set for delivering in two batches of five during the first and second quarters of 2019, will handle containers in three new container rows that will increase annual capacity at the Port of Savannah by 150,000 TEU.
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Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Konecranes Port Solutions, Tuomas Saastamoinen, said: “It has been tremendously satisfying over the years to witness the growth and success of the Port of Savannah.
“I hope and believe that the GPA will break the 4 million TEU threshold this fiscal year (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018), as anticipated.
“The new Konecranes RTGs will be part of this continuing success story.”